Mulberry (30AUD) is a matte wine- berry with a brown undertone- a gorgeous ‘english rose’ flush of colour which can be sheered out or layered for a more dramatic look. Although this is supposed to be a lip product, I actually love using this as a cream blush on the cheeks- in fact, I prefer it as a cheek product. I tap a small amount of the product on the apples of the cheeks, then blend- it is quite pigmented when used as a blush so a little bit goes a long way. This looks fantastic as a coordinated lip and cheek colour. I’m The Laura Mercier Lip Stains have the consistency of a potted lipstick, with a slight waxiness. I find Mulberry neither drying nor moisturising on my lips, although (not surprisingly, it looks a lot nicer when applied on moisturised lips) The lasting power is not great on my lips – lasting just over 1hr, although blotting and layering extends that to 1.5-2hrs (some days I don’t mind reapplying, some days I have no time for it). Interestingly enough, the lasting power is really decent on the cheeks- almost all day wear, which is better than most blushes on me. For that reason, I probably use it more as a cheek product than a lippy.
Keep reading after the jump! (more…)Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 9th, 2014 in Blush, FOTD, laura mercier, Lip balm | 104290 comments. Laura+Mercier+Mulberry+Lip+Stain%3A+Review%2C+Swatches%2C+FOTD2014-06-09+06%3A22%3A42myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10429
Valentine’s day is coming up very soon! Just like every other major cosmetics brand, Burt’s Bees have been gearing up for Friday the 14th and have you covered with all natural, petrolatum-free lip products for the romantic season.
They kindly sent through the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Smooch, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Sweet Sunset, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon to be featured.
Now, for the swatches…
Sweet Sunset: A medium pigmentation copper gloss with fine shimmer. Looks ok when swatched, but magnificent on the lips- almost a dark sepia neutral quality that I find very flattering. Lasting power is a fairly short 30-45mins before significant fading and frequent reapplication is required. Nevertheless, super pretty and versatile.
This is my favourite of the three, and a product that I’ve been using quite a bit since it landed in my hotel room “office” a week ago.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Feb 1st, 2014 in Lip balm, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 98210 comments. Valentine%27s+Day+Lips+with+Burt%27s+Bees2014-02-01+10%3A06%3A47myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9821
As part of their ‘Enchanted Collection’ for Summer 2012, Clarins brought their rather delicious looking Instant Smooth Crystal Balms to Australia. You may have noticed that the Crystal Balms have been reformulated in recent times to include a colour core, which means (yay!) better pigmentation.
This was the first Clarins lip product I’ve tried, and I’m smitten.
Instant Smooth Crystal Balm delivers lipstick true colour thanks to its colour ‘heart’ that is highly concentrated in pigments and pearls. Its bullet has a surprising crystal look that adds a touch of natural shine to the final result.
Price: AUS RRP $34
Availability: Myer, David Jones, selected pharmacies, and www.adorebeauty.com.au
Crystal Coral is a gorgeous blood orange coral, with a juicy shine. It’s bright shade, but at the same time quite wearable.
Unlike the previous version of the Crystal Balms without the colour core (see Rae’s review of the older version on The Notice) , these are surprisingly pigmented with medium coverage in one layer. I find that the shine wears off in about 30mins-1hr, but the colour clings on as a soft stain for quite a long time (around 3-4hrs on me, which is impressive for a lipstick/gloss/balm hybrid).
The Clarins Crystal balms are lightweight and non sticky. As far as hydration goes- it’s lightly moisturising but will not replace my heavy duty lip balms when my lips are dry.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Aug 7th, 2012 in FOTD, Lip balm, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 50391 commentClarins+Crystal+Balm+in+Crystal+Coral%3A+review%2C+swatches+and+FOTD2012-08-07+03%3A07%3A04myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5039
I was very excited to receive the pack of limited edition Face Of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons in the mail about a week ago, sent by the lovely Face Of Australia fairy (Tina). They’re FOA’s drugstore answer to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, and they really seem to give Clinique a run for their money!
These Lip Crayons are basically a tinted lip balm in stick form. They have sheer to medium pigmentation, a subtle glossy finish, and lightweight/thin consistency.
Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Macaron:
Macaron is my favourite out of the three Lip Crayon shades- it is a medium strawberry pink and very similar to Clinique’s Chunky Cherry (reviewed here )
Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Sundae:
A neutral toffee brown colour, which is quite similar to Clinique’s ‘Graped Up’ Chubby Stick (reviewed here.). Both this and Clinique’s Graped Up doesn’t seem to suit me, but I’ve seen it look gorgeous on girls with a lot of red/pink natural pigment in their lips which lifts the colour (see it on Suzanne for example).
Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Cupcake:
Cupcake is a light, cool toned pink which has sheer but buildable pigmentation. This would look best on fair girls with lightly pigmented lips in my opinion.
Texture wise, the Face Of Australia Sheer Lip Crayons are quite similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick- the Chubby Sticks are perhaps the tiniest bit glossier and slightly more hydrating.. Both products require frequent reapplication to keep up the colour and balm properties.
Australian RRP for the Clinique Chubby Sticks is $35.00, and the RRP for the pack of 3 FOA Lip Crayons is a mere $14.95. Given that the two products are quite similar, the huge price difference means that Face Of Australia Sheer Lip Crayons are much better value and you’d be mad to pass up on these if you’ve ever wanted to try the Chubby Sticks.
note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration.
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 1st, 2012 in Lip balm, Reviews, Swatches | 49300 comments. Face+Of+Australia+Sheer+Gloss+Lip+Crayon+reviewed2012-06-01+02%3A59%3A47myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D4930
Shizen’s products are petroleum and mineral oil free. This means they are free from petrochemical ingredients like triethanolamine (TEA), diethanolamine (DEA), paraffin, behentrimonium chloride and petrolatum. These ingredients are a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline or petrol. In cosmetics they are known to be a great barrier, but don’t penetrate the skin and don’t add moisture. You can easily recognise it in lip products as it’s greasy and very slippery to touch. Shizen’s products are made free from these ingredients, and are made with only all natural, superior quality butters, waxes, vitamins and botanical extracts. So Shizen’s products provide an excellent barrier to protect your lips from the environment, and also provide moisture to your skin. Not slippery and ever so moisturising.
As you know, I’m always on the lookout for petrolatum free lip balms for my needy lips. Some time last year, I heard about the Shizen range from the lip balm addict/guru Anissa from Beautifully Glossy blog and was intrigued.
The last few months I’ve been trialling their Lip Gloss Conditioner and their Tinted Lip Conditioner and have been delighted by both products.
The Shizen Lip Gloss conditioner is packaged in a cute apothecary style pot. It has a buttery balmy texture and a gorgeous citrus, lemongrassy scent – in fact, if you are a fan of the John Masters lip balm, you will love this. Fairly moisturising but I do find that when my lips are at their worst they still prefer the Jack Black balms.
The Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner is a sheer but buildable fuschia pink tinted lip balm. I’ve gone over my lips a few times to get the intensity of colour for the swatch and FOTD. It has similar hydrating properties to the Lip Gloss Conditioner in the pot.
Price: Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner- $15.95, Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner- $14.95
note: for a breakdown of the rest of the makeup, see this FOTD (I just changed lippies between the posts)
Here is a clip of the lovely Simone Wyndham talking about her Shizen lip care range.
note: these products were sent to me by PR for considerationPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Mar 6th, 2012 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 40040 comments. Petrolatum+Detox+Chapter+7%3A+Shizen+Lip+Gloss+Conditioner+and+Tint+Conditioner2012-03-06+11%3A05%3A35myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D4004
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